Year: 1991 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (24th: 1991: Boston), p.40 SIEC No: 19930020

This presentation highlights the epidemiology of youth suicide in Japan. Despite a traditional acceptance of suicide in certain circumstances (junshi & shinju), Japan has a relatively low rate of youth suicide (8.5 per 100,000 for the 15-24 age group in 1988). Three peaks in suicide rates are noted as well as youth suicide characteristics. Suicide prevention programs were instituted in the early 1980s.